May 2020 Newsletter

The library is currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Minnesota's Stay at Home Order.  

We encourage patrons to use our website and online resources.  If you don't already have a library card, you can apply for one that allows access to our ebooks and e-audiobooks.

We will not be charging any late fines for materials that are due during the closure. Our book drop is closed so patrons are encouraged to keep materials that are due until we reopen. 

COVID-19 Information

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Stay at Home Order for the State of MN - EXTENDED until May 4th
Governor Tim Walz has extended the stay at home order for the State of Minnesota until Monday, May 4th.  We’ve…

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How to Make Face Mask
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Do it Yourself Cloth Face Coverings Instructions

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WPL Closure FAQs
Why is the Winona Public Library closed? Based on the latest information from the Minnesota Department of Health about mitigating…

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Winona Area Food Industry & Closures Update
Winona Food Industry and Area Closures Updates The following documents have been compiled by the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce:…

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Coronavirus Information
We’ve compiled a list of websites that contain information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak along with local pages that include business…

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Winona Transit Changes
The Winona Transit Service has suspended the collection of all fares in order to help limit the transmission of COVID-19.…

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Library Coronavirus Response
Winona Public Library will be closed, effective Tuesday, March 17. Based on the latest information from the Minnesota Department of…

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Adult Services Virtual Programs

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National Library Week: Find the Library @ Your Place!
April 20th – 24th This week is National Library Week, and we’re celebrating virtually. Join us! Both virtual storytimes will…

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Raising Hell: The Restoration of the Masonic Drops, a Film by Mary Farrell
at the Friends Annual Virtual Meeting, Thursday, April 23rd from 6-7:30 PM The Friends of the Winona Public Library will…

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Beginning Vegetable Gardening
Select Tuesdays from 3-4 PM This virtual class held via Zoom is for beginning and experienced gardeners presented in four…

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Winona Reads: The Second Mountain by David Brooks
Month of May From May 4th to June 5th, join the Winona Community in reading The Second Mountain  by David…

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One Book, One Minnesota
One Book | One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that will invite Minnesotans of all ages to read and…

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Youtube Channel for Winona Public Library

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Virtual BINGO!
Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month at 2 PM Are you ready to play some bingo via Zoom?  Play bingo…

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Visual, Physical, and Reading Disabilities Resources
Did you know that the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library located in Faribault, MN offers library services to those where…

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Reading Recommendations
Looking for a book to read?  Here are some Recommended Reading lists with all titles accessible through OverDrive: Books that…

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Quarantine Quandaries
Thursdays from 10-11 AM, via Zoom Meeting Looking for a book to read?  Have a burning question you need answered? …

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How to Tell if it's Fake News
Our Adult Services Librarian, Samantha, has put together a video of tips to help you separate trusted information from fake…

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Great River Writes - Winona Writers Group
Meets monthly on the 2nd Friday, 3:30-5:30 PM Do you like to write fiction or non-fiction?  Check out the Great River…

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Classic Movie Mondays
1st Monday of the Month, 1PM Take a walk down memory lane with Winona Public Library’s Classic Movie Mondays the…

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Craft 'n Things
2nd Monday of the Month, 2 PM Craft ‘n Things is every second Monday of the Month at 2 PM in the Library’s…

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Book Discussion - Meets Virtually (in-person cancelled until further notice)
Meets on the 1st Wednesday of the Month, 2PM Book Discussion meets every first Wednesday of the month at 2…

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Memory Cafés
Virtual Meetings offered every Wednesday at 2:30 PM A Memory Café is an activity for community members with dementia and…

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Youth Services Virtual Programs

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Simply S.T.E.A.M.
Join us each Tuesday morning for a short lesson on all things S.T.E.A.M. Our Youth staff will walk you through…

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National Library Week: Find the Library @ Your Place!
April 20th – 24th This week is National Library Week, and we’re celebrating virtually. Join us! Both virtual storytimes will…

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Magic of Isaiah: LIVE Virtual Magic Show!
Friday, April 24th, at 2 PM Don’t miss this special event on Friday, April 24 at 2 PM!  In celebration…

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¡Tiempo de Cuentos en Español! (Spanish Storytime!)
¡Únase a nosotros para un cuento especial con Señorita Alisa! Escucha historias divertidas, canta canciones y conoce a su perro,…

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Flower Storytime
Flowers are starting to pop up around us! Join Miss Tricia as she reads stories and leads activities all about…

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Virtual/Digital Escape Rooms
These Virtual/Digital Escape Rooms were compiled by the Sun Prairie Public Library Youth Services Staff, but the escape rooms themselves…

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One Book, One Minnesota
One Book | One Minnesota is a new statewide book club that will invite Minnesotans of all ages to read and…

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Screen-Free Fun for Kids
Getting antsy at home? We’ve put together plans for you to experiment, be active, and be together using materials you…

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Lost and Found Storytime with Ms. Marcie!
Ms. Marcie brings you Lost and Found virtual storytime!  Kids, gather ’round!

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Taste a Title: for Middle Grade Readers
This video series is a chance for middle-grade readers to find something new to read. Each title is available for…

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Lunch with a Librarian
Each afternoon, the whole family can sit back and enjoy your lunch while Ms. Marcie reads a few chapters per…

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Spring Storytime with Miss Tricia!
Miss Tricia brings you another virtual storytime!  Kids, gather ’round!

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T-Rex Storytime!
Ms. Tricia and Ms. Marcie are happy to bring you WPL’s very first virtual storytime!  Kids, gather ’round!  Presenting… T-Rex…

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Free Online Resources

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Visual, Physical, and Reading Disabilities Resources
Did you know that the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library located in Faribault, MN offers library services to those where conventional print is a barrier?  One such service is delivery…

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Free Online Teen Resources
*Please note that some of these resources have been provided free of charge for a limited time only during the COVID-19 outbreak. 12 World-Class Museums You Can Visit Online Authors…

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Free Online Resources for Kids
*Please note that some of these resources have been provided free of charge for a limited time only during the COVID-19 outbreak. ABC YA *Abdo Digital Bookshelf: Elementary *Abdo Digital…

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Minitex: Temporary Access to New Databases
Minitex has put out a list of resources that are available until June of 2020 to support libraries and schools in online teaching and learning. You’ll find preK-12 databases, large…

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Ongoing Programs
Adults

Book Discussion: 1st Wednesday of the month, 2 PM - Virtual Meeting

Classic Movie Monday: 1st Monday of the month, 1 PM - Virtual Meeting

Craft 'n Things: 2nd Monday of the month, 2 PM - Online Instructional Video Posted


Youth

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: read 1000 books from age 1 to Kindergarten

Baby Book Bees
: read 100 books in your baby's 1st year

Storytime: New virtual storytimes are being created and posted to our website and social media.

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